Radical Relocalization

12 Mar 2010

“How can we create more local, resilient, and self-reliant community in a time of big┬ábig┬áchange?” asks Andrew MacDonald, author of Radical Relocalization.

The full description, from the site:

Radical Relocalization is about the possibility of building resilient community and stronger local economies now, where we are.

Relocalization builds local strength in the face of economic downturns, challenges from peak oil and climate change, profound ecological stress, loss of citizen control, resource depletion in an interconnected world. Little things like that! You know the ones.

This site’s for those who are realizing that all of these will be helped by relocalization – who see, or are coming to see, that less is the new more.

It’s practical things to do to, building local community, and tapping into a relocalizing mind that sees the emerging possibilities and gifts, and not just the problems and deficiencies we see when we want it the old way.

It’s not the old way any more!

Radical relocalization means finding a way to engage what’s happening rather than resisting it. It’s maybe easiest to understand as a game, a “play,” in which playing for everyone’s benefit is the powerful move, but working for ourselves alone lands us in trouble, more of the trouble the society’s already up to its neck in!

Relocalization is an exciting game to play now. Like the truth it might even help set you free. But first it’ll very likely severely piss you off. Because big change is coming and we all have denial about the scale of change that will be required of us personally and of our world.

My name is Andrew MacDonald and I’m involved with relocalizing efforts where I live (a sparsely populated area an hour north of Kingston, Ontario, Canada). I’m also connected to a Transition Town initiative in Canada’s capital, Ottawa an hour and a half east of where I live with Lynn. I’m a player of the relocalization game, not an expert or the guy with all the answers. I come out of a personal growth background and my particular interest is in how, alone and together, we develop practical skills and “relocalizing mind”.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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